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Hair, swimming in pool

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I've taken to swimming in my pool a few times a week. I always shower and rinse out as much of the pool water as I can after each dip but my hair has taken a noticeable turn for the worse. I'm not sure if it is getting dried out but the result is that my hair is similar to how it would be if I never used conditioner. Is there anything I can do about this? What exactly is the kind of damage that chlorinated poolwater inflicts upon hair?
post #2 of 27
I swim regularly as part of my exercise routine, and that is what happens to me. And I have rather oily hair. I just use conditioner each time I wash the chlorine out of my hair.
post #3 of 27
do you use a cap?

!luc
post #4 of 27
I also swim regularly, and my hair turns blonder, which is a pain. For that reason, I've considered using anti-chlorine shampoo, but have yet to try a brand. Paul Mitchell apparently makes one that counteracts the effects of chlorine. Kerastase is another brand.
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by Luc-Emmanuel
do you use a cap?
No, not even goggles. While we're on the subject, other than temporary irritation the chlorine will not damage my eyes, right?
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
No, not even goggles. While we're on the subject, other than temporary irritation the chlorine will not damage my eyes, right?
I have found no scientific evidence that pool chlorine will damage your eyes, but I wear goggles anyway. I don't need the irritation.
post #7 of 27
shampoo 3 by paul mitchell
you may also want to look at a deep conditioning product for your hair as well
post #8 of 27
Is there something you can put in before swimming that would help?
post #9 of 27
Avoid irritation...wear goggles.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
No, not even goggles. While we're on the subject, other than temporary irritation the chlorine will not damage my eyes, right?

Chlorine, probably not, but the urine might be another story.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
Is there anything I can do about this?

Two words for a simple solution: Shave it.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
Shave it.
Where?
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by Vaclav
Where?

It would probably be easiest in the bathroom.
post #14 of 27
Use any shampoo that will restore your hair to its normal pH as soon as you get out of the pool. Keihl's makes a decent product as well.

If this is not enough, you can put conditioner in your hair before you swim.
post #15 of 27
One obvious thing, if you aren't doing so already, is to minimize the chlorine usage in your pool. If you are the one taking care of the pool, you'll figure out in due time what the bare minimum you would need for the pool to prevent algae breakouts. I think that helps a lot. If not, I guess you can always switch to bromine... supposedly it's not as bad as chlorine, but just as effective in keeping the pool clean.
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